Ticket allotment per ceremony will be posted in March 2024. Graduates will be able to claim tickets for their guests in March 2024.

For more information including parking, arrival and ceremony details, see Commencement Day Details.

The timing for all Commencement ceremonies/activities and the number of guest tickets allowed per graduate will depend on the COVID situation as well as the NYS guidelines in place at the time of the event. Guests who are making travel and hotel arrangements are encouraged to make reservations that are refundable. We ask that you remain flexible as we must prioritize safety.


Commencement tickets that Binghamton University provides are completely free of charge for students to claim. The only valid way to claim tickets is through the link provided on this webpage or by the Commencement Office. Tickets acquired through any other avenue will not scan at the door.


Children ages 3 and under who will sit on their guardian's lap do not require a ticket. Children age 4 and above require a ticket.


There is no guarantee that the University can provide extra tickets. It is possible to request extra tickets via the "Extra Ticket Request Form" which will be available in March 2024. If there are unclaimed tickets for a Commencement ceremony, we may be able to accommodate extra ticket requests. However, we are unable to make that determination until approx. 3 weeks prior to Commencement.  


 If your family needs to apply for a visa in order to attend the Commencement ceremony, you as the student can write a letter of invitation. Be sure to include:

  • Your name, the reason for living in the U.S. and current immigration status (likely F-1 or J-1)
  • The names of your family members who wish to visit, an explanation of the purpose of their visit and how long they expect to stay
  • A copy of your I20’s/DS-2019, if you feel comfortable doing so.

If you require confirmation of Commencement dates on University Letterhead, visit the ISSS Forms webpage and find the “Invitation to Graduation” form under “Letters of Support.”

If you still have questions regarding international guests, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at


If family/friends cannot make your ceremony, be sure to have them tune in live. Every ceremony will be live streamed and accessible from the Binghamton University YouTube Channel.